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December Hot Topic: Utilizing Your Break

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This month’s hot topic is utilizing your break effectively. As most college students are home on holiday break, here are a few tips on how to use this time effectively:

  1. Plan ahead for next academic term! Talk to upperclassmen that have taken the course before for advice. They may even have the textbook needed for the class!
  2. Start studying for the FE. If your major requires it, break is a perfect time to break out a new box of note cards and get to work! If not, this is the perfect time to finally relax with a good book that you have been waiting to read.
  3. Brainstorm for future events for your collegiate chapter. Planning events for your next term for your collegiate chapter is infinitely easier when you are not also balancing schoolwork. Take the time to write out some goals for both yourself and your section as well!
  4. Register for Region E conference! Early bird registration ends on by midnight EST on Thursday, January 15, 2015, after that prices increase by $25.  Registration will remain open until midnight EST on Friday, February 6, 2015.  We highly recommend that all collegiates take advantage of the Full conference registration + Hotel rate – it’s a great deal for a weekend in Philly!  You can request roommates from your SWE section or take a chance and get placed with other Region E collegiate SWE members for a great networking opportunity.  Register here:
  5. Apply for summer internships. Go through your stack of pamphlets from national conference. Be sure to stay in contact with employers you spoke to at the career fair as networking is crucial! The SWE Career Center is also a great place to start your search.
  6. Apply for SWE Scholarships. The deadline is February 16, 2015, and 2 letters of recommendation are required. The entire list of scholarships through SWE can be found here:
  7. Submit an abstract to present at our Graduate Student Rapid Fire Session at Region Conference. 7 graduate students will be selected to conduct a 5 minute presentation on their research in a Graduate Rapid fire Session for the very first time! The Graduate Student Rapid Fire Session emphasizes the development of effective communication skills and an opportunity to obtain friendly and constructive feedback from SWE members and professionals from industry, academia, and government on your presentation style and delivery. Here is your chance to present your technical work to a broader audience, learn how to connect your thesis to broader goals and get some feedback on your presentation. Abstracts can be submitted here. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2014. All graduate students both Master’s & Doctoral candidates pursuing research are welcome to submit your abstracts.

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